Originally Posted by Red Heeler
A GM doesn't have to be a star scout. A GM needs to put people into roles which suit their skills and then be willing to listen to them.
I want a guy like Almarez, who is a fine judge of raw talent by most accounts, running my international scouting department. I want a guy like Kuhlman who is more performance based running my college and pro scouting or as minor league director. I want a GM who can take the information that those men provide and develop a strategic plan from it.
The little bit we have had access to from the potential candidates leads me to believe that the guy from St. Louis whose name I won't try to spell might be that kind of GM.
I don't expect him to do the scouting once he's running the show. I do like it if he has enough of a scouting background to understand what he's being told, and to sort through the BS and unfounded opinions.
Good managers ofter work their way through the ranks and have a participants understanding of the people they manage.
Yes, you delegate all these things when you're the top dog. But understanding how scouts and player development guys form their opinions is very valuable.